The constant struggle to stay on top of the search engines plays out daily in all sectors. Where yesterday we had keyword-driven SEO copywriting, today it is content marketing that gets the headlines.
Content drives online marketing.
The pressure behind this need to keep pace is the continuous tweaking (improving) of the search engine algorithms – those mysterious equations that review, interpret and decide the relevance of our digital content.
The reality is that if you are not publishing a steady stream of new, relevant and engaging content, you are losing out in the arms race to stay atop Google and its ilk. You need to go above and beyond your competitors to stay ahead and defend your position (your search market position) to keep pace, let alone to gain share.
Is there a magic formula for how often you should publish your content?
No. But, there are some compelling hints at how you can keep pace with the race.
Consistency is key
Just like the Tortoise who beats the hare, if there is one thing that is clear with copywriting and content, it is that consistency wins the day.
Whatever you do, whatever your content, whatever amount of copywriting you produce, your schedule of publishing must be consistent.
But the more frequently you publish your blog copywriting and content, can have a large impact on your results:
Page 26 of this benchmark report from Hubspot (PDF) tells all:
“Companies that blog 15 or more times per month get 5X more traffic than companies that don’t blog. Small businesses (1 to 10 employees) tend to see the biggest gains in traffic when they post more articles.”
Add some variety
Content marketing is not all about adding more blog posts or white papers to your website (though this definitely helps). There are heaps of other types of content you can publish.
You want to create copywriting and content that is interesting – to your audience. Just remember this little equation and you’ll do fine:
relevant + timely + original + quality = shareable success
If you’re strapped for ideas, have a look at this great mnemonic ‘food pyramid‘ (the US version of our ‘5 a day’ meal planner) from Content Marketing Institute. The choices for content can be endless:
- audio (podcasts)
- case studies
- blog posts
- website copy
- white papers
Your competitors are already planning their next move in the content marketing arms race. What will yours be?
Stuck for ideas? Try this: How to write your blog posts like a pro copywriter